Our latest meeting of the baking club took place at a Byres Road institution, Patisserie Francois, which was very appropriate as the theme for this meeting was bread and pastries. The perfect time to dust off the bread books and demonstrate your Paul Hollywood-style skills! Francoise herself was on hand to share some of her knowledge and experience with us, and give us a few comments on our offerings as well. Kind of like a French Mary Berry! She told us about how she got started in the baking business and how she came to run the cafe which has been a part of the Byres Road scene for so long. She had some fascinating stories to tell including baking cakes for the Queen Mum, Charles and Diana, and Elton John himself! Although Francoise admitted she had no idea who he was and had to ask a friend if he was some kind of local celebrity….
The theme this week gave everyone a good opportunity to try something new, and we were hoping it would encourage a few more savoury bakes as we are always in need of some salt to offset all the sugar we usually consume at a typical baking club meet up!
The range of bakes on offer was as amazing as ever, and luckily there was a good mix of the sweet and savoury. There was some beautiful foccacia for starters, along with some lovely soda bread and cheese, mini pretzels and sausage rolls. That set us up nicely for the selection of sweet bakes, which were also very tempting. We had some beautiful raspberry and lemon profiteroles, mini fruit tartlets, banana and chocolate brioche, not to mention scones , almond fruit tart, bread and butter pudding and chocolate oat bars. After all that I think it is safe to say we were stuffed, but still managed to take a good selection of cakes home with us for the next day, when we finally felt hungry again! We welcomed a few new faces this week and they impressed us with their amazing baking skills, so we really hope they join us for the next meeting!
We decided that with the upcoming European referendum the theme for our next meeting would be European bakes, which throws up a lot of different options so get your thinking caps on and your German baking books out of the cupboard! The next club meeting will actually take place on the day of the referendum, Thursday 23rd June, 7-9pm at For Fika Sake, which is a new Swedish Cafe just off Dumbarton Road in Partick. Everyone is welcome, so come along for some delicious cake and fairly decent chat after casting your vote!
Thanks again to Kathryn for writing up the blog and for the photo evidence of the great bakes